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WORLD CUP: Brazilians head list of Golden Ball nominees
June 27th, 2002 1:33PM
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Four Brazilians head the list of 10 players who are finalists for the adidas Golden Ball, awarded to the MVP of the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldo, the leading scorer with six goals, Rivaldo, who scored in five straight games, Ronaldinho, hero of the win over England, and left back Roberto Carlos were selected from Brazil, which is playing in its third straight final. Also nominated were Germans Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn, Senegal's El-Hadji Diouf, Spain's Fernando Hierro, Turkey's Hasan Sas and South Korea's Hong Myung Bo. The United States and England were the only quarterfinalists not to have any representatives on the list of MVP nominees. The Americans have four nominees for the MasterCard all-tournament team: goalie Brad Friedel, midfielder Claudio Reyna and strikers Landon Donovan and Brian McBride. The all-World Cup team will be announced Friday in Yokohama. Representatives of the media elect the winners of the adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball. The 10 nominees were selected by FIFA's Technical Study Group .

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